Gone too soon
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Ah yes, 2020, probably one of the weirdest years of the century. Like the deaths of playwright Terrence McNally and drag queen Chi Chi DeVayne, Naya Rivera's drowning made me sadder than celebrity deaths usually do. I thought "Glee" was a trainwreck most of the time, but over the years I kept watching clips on youtube, particula... Ah yes, 2020, probably one of the weirdest years of the century. Like the deaths of playwright Terrence McNally and drag queen Chi Chi DeVayne, Naya Rivera's drowning made me sadder than celebrity deaths usually do. I thought "Glee" was a trainwreck most of the time, but over the years I kept watching clips on youtube, particularly ones featuring Dianna Agron or Naya Rivera. While Agron probably was the better actor, no one (no, not Amber Riley, not Lea Michele, not Darren Criss, not even Alex Newell) outsang Rivera. Yes, some of her co-stars had bigger voices, but combined with her sass, she is the reason I never tire of "This Girl is on Fire", "Don't Rain on my Parade", "Smooth Criminal", "Like a Virgin" or "River Deep, Mountain High". And this sass shines through perfectly here, especially in the audiobook, which she narrates herself. She is very frank and allows herself to have opinions - about others but also about herself. She does not present herself as the person who was always in the right in conflicts, but is aware of her immaturities. "Glee" and her sort-of feud with Lea Michele are talked about, but she spends more time praising those co-stars she got along with (most of them). But her relationships with her parents, husband, son and best friend Madison are the major focus of this memoir, which means that Rivera did not try to just bank on being a "Glee" star but saw herself in her own right. It is actually heartbreaking to think about the fact that she died making sure her son would live, and I am sure in a few years there will be a TV movie about her life. She would have deserved a longer life though - we would have all profitted from that.
Sorry Not Sorry
Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them.
Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over--or plod through--all the crap along the way. After her rise and fall from early childhood stardom, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons:
- All those times I scrawled "I HATE MY MOM" in my journal. So many moms and teenage daughters don't get along--we just have to realize it's nothing personal on either side.
- At-home highlights and DIY hair extensions. Some things are best left to the experts, and hair dye is one of them.
- Falling in love with the idea of a person, instead of the actual person.
- That I don't always get along with everyone. Having people not like you is a risk you have to take to be real, and I'll take that over being fake any day.
- Laughing at the gossip instead of getting upset by it.
- Getting my financial disasters out of the way early--before I was married or had a family--so that the only credit score that I wrecked was my own.
Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, "There's still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who's never sure of my own self-worth." Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us.